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Coconut Oil Folk Remedy for Eczema

Apply natural coconut oil directly on your eczema patches just as you would a lotion. ItÂ’s an excellent all-around skin care product! You can also add up to a tablespoon of coconut oil to your daily diet for better skin and general health.

[YEA]  11/26/2012: Mark from Newton Abbot, Devon Uk: "Coconut oil has cleared my 24 year old son of eczema, he has been using it for around 3-4 weeks so far, I had not seen him much in this time, this weekend he came to visit and hardly a trace of eczema anywhere, needless to say he is extremely pleased, to date I have had him try tea tree oil, banana skin, olive oil salt water, apple diet, diet changes, and countless other natural remedies, one thing that may have helped him is that as I am an hypnotherapist a couple of months ago I finally got him to agree to a few sessions of stress/anxiety reduction along with visualisation of healing and positive preferred future outcomes, this so far along with the coconut oil has provided the most positive and beneficial results, he intends to use it permanently as his skin now looks so soft and healthy."

11/27/2012: Stonefieldsian from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Can you be more detail..... how many spoons to take or just apply topical? Thanks."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  01/28/2013: Mark from Devon, UK replies: "Hi stonefieldsian, my son just applied it to his affected areas several times daily, maybe 2 -5 times or when he thought about it, he also ate it several times each day, no set schedule just as and when he remembered but probably a small dollop on a spoon 2 -4 times daily, he also started eating a little better including a few more apples, when I last saw him I noticed his skin is still very much better than it used to be but it is still a little red in some areas so not completely cured but def. Much better. I think he still eats too much junk and drinks too much beer! I hope this helps"

[YEA]  10/17/2011: Brian from Pittsfield, Ma: "Coconut Oil started helping after a couple days and has gotten better and better after almost 2 weeks."

[YEA]  02/20/2011: Vania from Clarksville, Tennessee, Usa: "I was first diagnosed with Eczema when I was 9 years old, and it has truly been a plague. Over the years my mother took me to several doctors on a fruitless search for relief. I found one doctor who was successful, but it is inconvenient to see him regularly, because his office is an hour away from my home. My mother taught me to appreciate natural remedies, but we could not always afford them, and we never found anything natural that brought relief until now.

About 3 1/2 years ago, I was able to take my dream trip to Italy. However, right before my trip, I had a horrible outbreak of eczema on my arms (I'd never had it there before), due to some stress involved with making the trip. Nothing helped. When I returned home, I started researching "Home Remedies for Eczema" on the internet (Oh! I LOVE THE INTERNET SO MUCH!! ) and discovered Earth Clinic (I love you, too! ). Many people reported being relieved of Eczema through the ingestion of Coconut Oil. I was afraid it wouldn't help me (yeah, I'm a bit of a skeptic). After about 4 months of misery, I was desperate enough to check my local health food store. I chose one of the several (pricey) brands available and immediately starting taking 2-3 tablespoons per day. I began on Monday. On Wednesday of that week, it occurred to me that I would see greater benefits by putting it on the affected areas, as well. By Saturday, all of my Eczema was gone! ALL OF IT!

I work with the public, and every time I see Eczema, I get personal and tell the person about how it helped me (yeah, they think I'm weird, but I hope it helps someone, especially the poor babies. I see so many babies who have it.).

I'm pretty inconsistent in my use of it, so I do get flare-ups from time to time. And it doesn't seem to keep Eczema from my face, which is accustomed to years of Hydrocortisone. However, whenever I remember that the reason my arms are broken out again is lack of Coconut Oil, I get the same rapid results.

I am 41 years old, on the short slide to 42, and people are regularly shocked to learn my age, thinking that I am 10 or more years younger. This is in spite of several health problems, which cause me to be overweight, wheezy and to limp and creak at times. Thanks again, Earth Clinic, for useful information, provided freely. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

03/08/2012: Gretchen from Bothell, Wa / Usa replies: "Trying to find products to help with eczema for folks allergic to Coconut in any form is a nightmare! Would like to see companies list coconut on ingredient labels as simply "coconut" the 40 chemical names it's listed under is a real pain! Help for fellow sufferers your pharmacist can help decode labels if you ask them.

Coconut oil is in most every soap (cleaning product) on the market including laundry soap! I encourage folks with eczema to try a very small spot test before commiting to large quantities of it.

I recently spent time in an ER for having had my bedding laundried in Seventh Generation laundry soap. I woke looking like a cabbage patch doll!"

[YEA]  08/30/2010: Kelly from Denver, Co, Usa: "I used virgin coconut oil on my face where I had eczema patches. In 2 days the eczema was completely gone. I tried everything, steroid cream, aloe vera, ACV, vaseline. Nothing seemed to really help, but the coconut oil worked within hours. Amazing."

[NAY]  06/22/2010: Agnes from Seattle, Wa: "I'm in my forties and have had eczema for about 10 years. I am in the midst of a bad flare up on my arms and face. I tried using virgin, organic coconut oil on my skin but it didn't help at all. I put on liberal amounts to the affected areas @five times a day for 2 straight days. I had to abandon it as the skin was getting worse and the flare up out of control. The coconut oil was just not enough moisture for my severely dried out, itchy skin. I would have liked to try it longer but could not let the flare up get any worse or I might lose my mind completely. I resorted back to more traditional treatments. I have concerns about these products but the flare up is getting better now.So nay for me on coconut oil as a treatment for eczema. (A small silver lining is that I did try using the coconut oil in my hair, leaving it in overnight and washing it out the next day, and it worked well as a deep conditioner.)"

[YEA]  06/20/2009: Bill from Cedar Hills, UT: "Coconut Oil healed daughter's mild excema

Since moving from Houston to Utah, my 7 yr old daughter has had a few bouts of mild excema, where the skin on her hands turned red, then purple, and got very dry, then grainy and started to look like what we called "mummy skin." It was frightful to my touch.

When it first appeared, we tried some Coconut oil on it. We would apply usually once every evening before she went to bed. Her hands showed noticeable improvement after several days. There was no trace of her condition after two weeks.

Since then, to make sure it wasn't a fluke, we tried other lotions and petroleum jelly when it reappears about every 6 months. They did not work. So we've gone back to using coconut oil the last two times her hands started showing that now-familiar appearance. We now apply it twice a day when we remember, and as before, there is no trace within 2 weeks."

[YEA]  12/03/2008: Katie from Palm Harbor, FL: "My daughter Ava is 2 1/2 and has been fighting eczema since she was 3 months old. The only thing that worked for us was steroid cream. This was only short term relief and a new patch of eczema pops up in another place daily. We started rubbing the coconut oil on two weeks ago. It did not clear up right away and seemed really dry but I was persistent and applied it 3 times a day. The patch on her face that recieved more applications is completely healed. Her skin is soft and smooth. She still has some discoloration but the eczema is gone. The patches on her body which are covered with clothes are still dry but she is not itchy and I am sure in a few weeks that will healed as well. Thank god we read this website.


[YEA]  12/30/2008: Mo from Amsterdam, The Netherlands replies: "I read this post at the beginning of December and decided to try VCO on my 1 1/2 year old's face. She started getting what seems like eczema since she was 3 1/2 months. I did not want to use cortisone etc. but it was "weeping" and itchy. It took a while but got better. However when ever she is teething it would return. I became uncomfortable with constantly using these creams as she is still so young and I try to stay relatively healthy - so why do this to my child. When I read this post I thought it won't hurt to try. It has been almost 4 weeks now and I am happy to say that the eczema is gone although one cheek still looks a bit red. She is not itching and she look just fine. It did take a while to work and I almost gave up because it looked worse before getting better. i used it twice per day. I have also decided to put some on her food and I only cook with VCO.Thanks a lot for posting - if I did not see this post I probably would have gone for the more speedy but unhealthy option. Thanks again."

[YEA]  05/17/2008: Kim from Montreal, Canada: "Eczema: During many months, I had suffered from what seemed to be an incurable rash. It got worse during winter when the air was cold and dry. At that point, I also had chapped skin. I tried various things, but they were proven to be ineffective. I had searched for a cure for a while, then I found about coconut oil. Following a few guidelines, I stopped eating things that might have triggered my eczema (yeast from bread and such), and started eating food accompanied with coconut oil. I also put it on the affected areas. Within a few weeks, it was completely gone! I was relieved my stigma, that didn't seem to want to go away for a very long time, suddenly disappeared. I highly recommend virgin coconut oil!"

[NAY]  11/30/2007: Kay from Toronto, Canada: "Hi everyone. I've been ingesting and using 100% pure organic coconut oil since October 2007. I have excema and keratosis pilaris. I've found that my keratosis has gotten better, practicaly non existent, but my excema has worsened. I find that it is drying on my skin and I would need to keep moisturizing constantly throughout the day which is no good. Not sure if that is just because of the cleansing properties of the coconut oil and the toxins are just making their way out of my system or not .. but my excema has definitely not improved. in fact, i've developed a whole new kind of rash. kind of a blistery raised looking rash. I had to switch back to using Aveeno on my skin and just ingesting the coconut oil. Has this happened to anyone else?? Should I be drinking more water? I only take a teaspoon of the oil a day and drink aloe vera juice as well, twice a day. should I just continue to take the oil and put it on my skin?"

[YEA]  11/19/2007: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines: "re: Jock Itch and Candida: I had jock itch for years and years - tried everything and nothing worked. When I moved from UK to the Philippines I started researching this problem. Interestingly I found out that jock itch was a well known expression or symptom of Candida which worried me. So, I looked for natural remedies for Candida and came across the humble coconut. Much of the current research on coconut oil may be found on this site:

So, the gist of this was that I started to take 3 tablespoons of coconut oil everyday. The results were astonishing. Not only did the jock itch disappear,my eczma disappeared, my bowel movements became more regular, I had less indigestion and I sleep more soundly now. I was so impressed, I now cook everything in virgin coconut oil - I think it is far more healthy than any processed vegetable oil on the market. I've since also learned that coconut oil has been used in baby food for the last 30 years and people in hospital with intestinal trauma have their food cooked in coconut oil as a matter of course. The only other natural remedy I take is Ted's Alkalizing Remedy (Lemon bicarb water) which is available elsewhere on this site."

[YEA]  09/18/2007: Liz from Nairobi, Kenya: "My 8 month old son has had eczema since he was four months old. I have tried many prescription creams that did not seem to work or worked for only a few days. A friend asked me to try coconut oil. Its worked miracles. I got results in a day. There was no itching and the dry patches were gone. I now make sure to keep a bottle in the house all the time. I have also noticed that water and soap worsen eczema, so when he has it, I avoid them on the patches and use the oil instead."

06/08/2010: Kikifish from Hayward, Ca replies: "I tried having my 22 month old son take the ACV mix with apple juice, and it seems stop his eczema on his body, but he still have patches on his forehead and his scalp. I wonder if I can use the coconut oil as moisturizer? I am using vaseline right now, and it gets really greasy that he hates it. He has open two patch of broken skin last almost for 6 months now. It is really heart broken seeing his baby skin constantly looking red, watery and bloody. He scratches his face and scalp like the monkey in the zoo. Any suggestion anyone??"
06/09/2010: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, Usa replies: "Please check your childs foods by reading all lables and besure that none of them containe soy,,,research on your computer by google 'toxic soy research report' I would take the toddler off milk for 2 to 5 days and give fresh juice with half water for drinking, try to cook all your food you self using fresh or frozen vegtables and fresh fruit, make your own bread from whole grains flour,,,cook oat meal your self and serve with cinnamon and honey, this is part of a whole foods diet that will eliminate all or part of the chemicals and preservatives that are in all your quick fixes that you buy at the store, try baking some good sweet potatoes in the oven at 400 untill the skins are 1/2 inch drawn up,,take out an skin them, slice cross-wise let cool till only warm and cover lightly with fresh local honey, the baby might like it,,,eating honey will help your body over come some allergies. I do hope this will help and give you some heathful hints. I have grandkids that this has helped,,it is not easy,,but the fast food industry is making a lot of people sick with the chemicals in the food.


06/09/2010: Shaun from York, Uk replies: "Try gently rubbing in a 50/50 Milk of Magnesia mix. If that works you could also bath the baby in dilute Sodium Carbonate (Washing Soda). Try it on yourself first. I would suggest 2/3 cups of washing soda in an adult bath first. To neutralise the washing soda after bathing you could sprinkle a 50/50 ACV and water mix. After drying you could then rub in the coconut oil."
11/03/2011: Perldark from Toano, Va, Usa replies: "Please note that a child under the age of twelve months should not ingest honey!"

[YEA]  03/29/2007: Marietta from Montpelier, Vermont: "Virgin Coconut Oil: My teenage son had raw, red and cracked skin where the ear meets the head. I remembered reading somewhere that VCO cures eczema, so I spread some on the backs of his ears after he showered. Amazingly, the very next day (after only ONE application) they were completely healed; no raw, red, no cracks! We also eat it often, on popcorn, straight off the spoon and in stir-fries. Yum!!!"

[NAY]  02/26/2007: Kim from Wheaton, IL: "Coconut Oil and ACV did NOT help my son's eczema. He has had terrible eczema/dermatitis all of his life. He is 13 years old now and the older he gets the worse it gets...especially in winter. As I looked for alternative treatments, I read the feedbacks on this website and tried the coconut oil and ACV. Neither worked and the Coconut oil seemed to make it worse. It was the Organic virgin oil. I'm glad it worked for some people but did not help my son. Thanks."

[YEA]  08/04/2006: Jay from Chicago, IL: "1 TBS daily of oral supplementation has helped by facial eczema and atopic dermatitis. I have become immediately convinced that Coconut oil is nothing short of a miracle remedy for the skin and immune system. I was suffering from weekly eczema outbreaks on the face, and within 4 days of using 3 tablespoons daily and dabbing it with vitamin E oil, I noticed an almost immediate improvement. The itching and redness stopped, and the inflammation was way down. I would strongly urge ANYONE who suffers from this condition to try it, because in my opinion, there is nothing else like it on the planet."

[YEA]  03/01/2006: Bonnie : "It is the only thing that gets rid of my daughter's eczema and mine. In fact mine was really bad when I was pregnant and it was the only relief I found. I used to take primrose oil internally -- that really helped, but it never offered any immediate relief. When she was about 2 months she got a bad flare up on her forehead and it cleared it within days. As a side note lice was going around the school and my boys came home with it. She never got it (I think it was the smell of coconut oil) & they always put their hats on her head."

09/05/2012: from Rancho Santa Margarita, California replies: "For those who did not benefit from coconut oil try taking it internally and applying Shea butter to your skin I recently experienced a great relief using Shea butter on my itching feet."



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